Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Rihanna Performs in Israel, HuffPost Brings Ridiculous Bias

We have commented many times in the past how the Huffington Post openly supports the BDS movement to keep artists from going to Israel, among other things. And even when artists do go to Israel the Huffington Post can't restrain itself from tossing in a reference to BDS anyway, like here and here. So when Rihanna recently went to Israel and gave a sold-out performance there to a cheering crowd of 50,000, what's a good Huffington Post "Entertainment" section to do?

Answer: find anything you can that makes Israel look bad and spin the bejeezus out of it. And that's exactly what the Huffington Post editors did:

Yep, heaven forbid that the Huffington Post just write a story that says "Rihanna performs in Israel" or just not cover the story at all, which is a lot more common. They just can't restrain themselves: nothing can make Israel look good (or BDS look bad) without some kind of desperate spin. And what exactly is this "nod to Palestine" you ask, which as recent reports have indicated may not even have been said?
"According to reports, Rihanna changed a portion of the lyrics of hit song "Pour It Up" from "All I see is signs / All I see is dollar signs" to "All I see is Palestine.""
Okay. Who knows what exactly that is supposed to mean, but apparently the Huffington Post editors (and left-wing Haaretz writer Amy Klein, who provided those reports) are somehow trying to prove that although Rihanna traveled there and performed for 50,000 Israelis, she actually hates Israel and supports the Palestinians. Their evidence? That she didn't specifically say the word "Israel" during the concert:
"The singer made mention of Tel Aviv multiple times during the show, shouting out to the crowd, "You know I love my friends all over the world, but it’s been too long since I’ve been back here in Tel Aviv," without mentioning Israel itself."
Yes, seriously. This is what the Huffington Post has reduced itself to. At least we can only assume it is the Huffington Post since this story has no author or original publication listed. By the way, Rihanna used the term "Israel" in a tweet to 36 million followers later, not that that is going to get a headline. As if all of this pandering to the anti-Israel fanatics wasn't enough, they had to do just a little bit more in the five paragraph story:
"Months prior to her show in Tel Aviv, Rihanna was indirectly involved in a different dispute regarding ongoing tensions in the area. After hackers took issue with Google's labeling of the state as Israel, rather than Palestine, the group took over Google's Palestine search page, voicing their grievances and adding that users should "listen to Rihanna and be cool."" 
Not surprisingly the abusive commentary has already started to come pouring in with full moderator approval:

I doubt the Huffington Post could possibly get more biased after this.


  1. The only reporter that said this happened was Amy Klein from Haaretz(even the Hebrew review from Harretz never mentions it). They claim that Rihanna said in a song that " All I see is Palestine". She never said it. Here is the Video. She clearly says Dollar Signs!!! at 6:51

  2. HuffPo has now "updated" the story to say:

    "UPDATE: Israeli newspaper Haaretz has retracted its reporting on this concert and published the following note. It appears Rihanna did not reference Palestine:
    The original headline for this article has been changed (from “All Rihanna sees 'is Palestine,' but Israelis didn’t seem to care”) and part of a sentence was removed from the story (“in “Pour it Up” instead of “All I see is signs / All I see is dollar signs,” she subbed in “All I see is Palestine.”) Upon reviewing video footage of the show posted after publication, it is clear that the change in lyrics attributed to Rihanna was mistaken.

    The original article continues below."

    Seems it was done a bit begrudgingly… they continue to use the original headline….and the original story……..

    some things never change.


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